Dean Markley DM3000 Artist Transducer Acoustic Pickup
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- Great for guitar violin cello stand up bass banjo mandolin piano horn or anything which vibrates.
- True transparent tone
- special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish
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- Great for guitar, violin, cello, standup bass, banjo, mandolin, piano, horn or anything which vibrates
- True transparent tone
- Special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish
- Weight: .42 lbs
- Length: 15 feet
Dean Markley DM3000
Artist Transducer Acoustic Pickup
Dean Markley's DM3000 Artist pickup is once again a pickup which is so unique that it is patented. Housed in a maple wood housing, Artist Transducer gives you that sound that every professional artist wants. Through use of a lead differential weight the Dean Markley peizo reacts through compression rather than just bending, like all other Peizo pickups.
This unique patented design gives Dean Markley's Artist Transducer its high quality sound at a price which is affordable. Artist Transducer's special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish.
Dean Markley's Artist pickup is once again a pickup which is so unique that it is patented. Housed in a maple wood housing, Artist Transducer gives you that sound that every professional artist wants. Through use of a lead differential weight the Dean Markley peizo reacts through compression rather than just bending, like all other Peizo pickups. This unique patented design gives Dean Markley's Artist Transducer its high quality sound at a price which is affordable. Artist Transducer's special mounting adhesive allows the Artist to be mounted and removed many, many times without hurting the finish. The Artist has been on the market for over 17 years and we've never had a complaint about it or the adhesive.
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That's when I discovered the connection was intermittent and the pickup would not work all the time.
I contacted Dean Markley and let them know of my experience. I received a reply from their representative who arranged for a replacement, which I received in short order.
The replacement I received is still working after several uses with no issues or problems.
The first must have been a 'fluke', but it did provide the opportunity for them to show how much they care about their customers.
They certainly went the extra mile to make it right!
Below the bridge it is way to jangley almost all finger noise and the strings are thin and shrill sounding. Above the bridge it is too bassy and does not have a full clear sound. Behind the bridge is where I find is the only place it has a workable tone. Place it there and don't bother with the other two locations.
As with most instruments and their pickups it can take a year of use before you hear the subtle anomalies. Its sensitivity will dictate the way you play it. I am playing it on a guitar I paid 100 dollars for new. On a several thousand dollar guitar it might possibly degrade the finish.
It can be removed but why take the chance of shorting out the pickup itself by possibly compromising its internal soldering.
4 stars because finger noise is quite prevalent and the tacky clay is okay but seems kinda temporary not sure what else would work though.
But for 30 dollars it is worth it for the unique sound it produces and gives me more options in my recording studio. I may try adding a microphone also and blending the two. It seems as though it has the accuracy and high end that a microphone lacks.
It will take some time to figure out if and where this is really going to work.
I have played out live for many years with a black Dean Markley humbucker in hole pickup and this seems to be really the best option for a rugged on the road option. The DM black humbucker in hole pickups are 40 dollars less than I paid for it years ago.
For on the road definitely go with that instead of this DM3001 but in the recording studio I am quite intrigued with the unique possibilities this pickup may provide.
One interesting note: I used a synth based guitar in a recording recently and placed this pickup at the lower part of the bridge where it only picks up a screechy string and finger noise and blended this really quietly with the synth guitar and it added a real human feel to the synth guitar.
I am pleased with this for my purposes, I hope it is durable. Time will tell. If your needs are like mine then it is worth the purchase, not recommended for on the road (just my opinion). Go with the black in hole DM humbucker instead, you just cannot go wrong with that.
As others have said, the *adhesive* that comes with the pickup, can leave marks on the instrument's finish if you remove the pickup to relocate it elsewhere on the instrument - and such trial and error is pretty much required to find the best location. So I did what some other people do and bought a little package of "Loctite Fun-Tak Mounting Tabs" from a local store's office-supply aisle (also looks like they're at Amazon link: Loctite Home and Office 2-ounce Pack Fun-tak Mounting Putty Tabs ) and at least on my instrument, that seems to work fine.
I made an effort to secure the wires in such a way that they hopefully won't get all bent and stressed at the two endpoints (where the wire comes out of the pickup, and the other end where the wire goes to the plug). I'd like for this thing to last a while without breaking any wires or getting loose connections or whatever. Been using it about a month now.
Also pointed out by others, this pickup doesn't have a whole lot of output, but it's adequate for my uses. And some locations on the instrument's top are louder than others. It's kind of a balance to find the spot that has the best sound, vs the spot that has the most volume.
So if you play out a lot with unfamiliar equipment, always pack your own amp or preamp that you know works: there are decent belt-pack pre-amps you can use that will allow you to make the most of this device.
I'm a mandolin player, and I really like the responsiveness of the pickup: if you can find the sweet-spot on your instrument, you get very good tone out of it. I had some resonance problems at first, and then some problems with it picking up clicks from my pick, but small adjustments in position make a world of difference.
In my view, it's not a substitute for a well-designed stage and a good microphone. But sometimes you can't get that, so I'm glad this is in my gig-bag.
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